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Explore 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and much more. Find what you need - in the arts and humanities, sciences, or any subject.<br /><br /><br />The collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages<br />3 million new items are added every year<br />We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents<br />If you see 5 items each day, it would take you over 80,000 years to see the whole of the collection<br />The world's earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra, is sometimes on display in our exhibition galleries alongside many other treasures<br />We have on-site space for over 1,200 Readers<br />Over 16,000 people use the collections each day (on site and online)<br />Online catalogues, information and exhibitions can be found on this website

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